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Best Practices for Managing a Fleet’s Worth of Drone Batteries - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Open this storyin Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with<p>Apple News. It may also be available on the publisher's …

How to email more than five photos at once in iOS 10

Apple still won't let you send more than five pictures at a time, which can make for some serious sharing hassles. Here are some workarounds.<p>For all the changes and improvements (some might say "improvements") iOS has delivered over the years, there's one curious limitation still imposed by …

iOS

With magazine covers shot with iPhones, is smartphone photography coming of age?

Why it matters to you<p>The iPhone is a popular camera because of convenience -- but factors like its small, less obtrusive body have led the iPhone 7 …

Photography

MasterCard trials biometric bankcard with embedded fingerprint reader

MasterCard is trialling a Chip and PIN bankcard that includes an embedded fingerprint reader, introducing a biometric authentication layer for card payments — and taking a leaf out of the book of Apple Pay et al in the process. The thinking here being: why pay by entering a four-digit PIN when you …

FinTech

MakeSpace raises $30 million to store your belongings

If you live in New York, you’ve seen the subway ads. MakeSpace wants to free your apartment of clutter.<p>And now the self-storage startup is getting $30 million to execute on their vision. This follows another $17.5 million raised last year.<p>Venture capitalists from 8VC, Upfront Ventures, Harmony …

Startups

7 Factors That Make a Brand Stand Out

Without a strong brand at the foundation of your campaigns, you'll just be more white noise to the average consumer.<p>The world is drowning in brands. There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, and even more mid- to large-size businesses that increase that number further. …

Marketing

Google Maps for iOS now lets you retrace your steps with Timeline

Google hasn’t had a terrific record with building social networks, but its Timeline feature for Google Maps is actually surprisingly similar to a primary facet of most social products, and it’s a very interesting addition to an app that has largely been focused solely on getting you from point A to …

Apps

WhatsApp could soon let you UNSEND embarrassing messages after they've been sent

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that could let users unsend embarrassing messages after they have been sent.<p>The latest beta release from …

Apps

MWC – Nobody puts ZTE in the corner

ZTE have a huge presence at Mobile World Congress this year. Get around the pretty ladies up front and there’s another huge area, then another. …

This solar-powered device harvests water from dry air

A tiny box produces fresh water using only sunlight for power. Could it help solve our global water crisis?<p>A small, solar-powered device that pulls fresh water from the air? Scientists at MIT and UC Berkeley have created a prototype that does just that -- and it only requires 20-30 percent humidity …

Water

If you need one reason iPhone is better than ANY Android device, THIS is definitely it

ANDROID and iOS smartphones are neck and neck in almost every aspect – camera, speed, battery life, apps, design – except one. And it's an important …

Mobile Technology

Whatsapp, Other Mobile Messaging Apps Need To Comply With Regulations Within Capital Markets

Mobile messaging apps within capital markets and a culture of bringing your own device are not going away. Not everybody has Bloomberg or some form …

Encryption

Apple hits 96% renewable energy worldwide as suppliers join pledge for 100%

In an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>, Apple’s Lisa Jackson has announced that the company has achieved 96% worldwide renewable energy up from 2015’s 93%. Already having been at 100% renewable energy in the United States, three more of the company’s worldwide suppliers have pledged to follow suit.<p>In the …

Renewable Energy

Linksys Velop Wi-Fi system aims to be the Eero killer

The Velop comes in three identical units.<p>Dong Ngo/CNET<p>If the Google Wifi competes with the Eero by being much less expensive, Belkin's first Wi-Fi system, the Linksys Velop, intends to beat them both by having more powerful hardware. This new system, released today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, carries …

Wi-Fi

​How to tell if your Facebook has been hacked (and what to do)

Here's a simple way to see if there is someone messing with your Facebook account.<p>There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account. Automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they've taken over your Facebook. Spammers also …

Facebook

How to choose the best VPN service for iPhone and iPad

In light of the latest news that President Trump has overturned the FCC Internet privacy rules, discussions for and against virtual private networks (VPNs) have resurfaced. One of the biggest complaints with the repeal is that internet service providers are now legally allowed to sell your browsing …

iOS

What your smartphone knows about you

Currently, many people unlock their phones by pressing their thumbs onto fingerprint sensor panels or using their fingers to draw patterns on the …

Security

Forget phablets, the world’s smallest smartphone only costs $55 unlocked

The trend right now in the smartphone market is big. Screens keep getting bigger and bigger, which means smartphones keep getting bigger and bigger. …

Phones

Apple just released a huge new update for iPhones — here's what’s new

Apple is finally giving its customers a way to find their misplaced AirPods — three months after they first hit store shelves.<p>The company began rolling out iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch on Monday. Among a few notable updates is the ability for AirPods owners to use Find My iPhone to …

iOS

Tablets & laptops banned from cabin baggage on flights to USA from 10 airports

<i>Update: The UK has implemented a similar ban, though restricted to six rather than eight countries. The UK ban applies to flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.</i><p>The U.S. government has announced a ban on carrying tablets, laptops and other ‘large electronic …

Middle East

Marriott testing Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in its hotel rooms

The battle between intelligent voice assistants is moving into hotel rooms, as Marriott International is testing both Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in at least some of its hotel rooms.<p><i>Bloomberg</i> reports that the chain is putting the two platforms in a head-to-head test in its …

Amazon Echo

Samsung's Foldable Phone Tipped for This Year

Samsung's long-rumored foldable smartphone display will finally make an appearance this year, with device likely to reach store shelves in …

Where to find what's disappeared online, and a whole lot more: the Internet Archive

In a gleaming white former church with Greek-style pillars, under the shade of cypress trees in a quiet neighborhood of San Francisco, an effort to preserve much of what’s online, and to scan books, and save video streams from around the world, is now underway.<p>Go in the front entrance, and you may …

Apple Watch can tell you when you’re going to get sick

Dennis Anselmo, was glad he used an Apple Watch – it saved his life when it spotted a dangerous heart condition. He’s not unique. A range of studies …

Apple Watch

By 2030, You'll Be Living in a World That's Run by Google

<i>I was asked on Quora what Google will look like in 2030. Since that is one of the most important issues the world is facing right now, I took some</i> …

Most Smart TVs Spy on You. Here’s How to Make Them Stop

This week, Vizio, which makes popular, high-quality, affordable TV sets, agreed to pay a $2.2 million fine to the FTC. As it turns out, those same …

Could new mobile biometrics hold the key to global traveller identity?

We’ve been told to expect the end of the passport, replaced by a secure and digital traveller identification.<p>Advancements biometrics—becoming common …

Innovation

That Time Bill Gates Answered a Tech Support Call ... and Crushed It

Leaving the C-suite to spend some time in a cubicle will teach you a lot about your own company.<p>"Hello, this is Microsoft Product Support, William speaking. How can I help you?"<p>That’s exactly what he said and it's kind of a famous story in Microsoft lore. It’s worth retelling if, like me, you …

A bike helmet with turn signal lights will make rides a whole lot safer

Cars have indicator lights for better safety — so why don't bicycles too?<p>The Lumos helmet is a helmet for cyclists with a prominent red brake light, as well as yellow left and right turn signals, like what you'd see on motorised vehicles.<p>Created by Jeff Chen and Ding Eu-wen, the Lumos is currently …

Bicycle Helmets